Students sent to hospital after Rifle school evacuated |

Students sent to hospital after Rifle school evacuated

Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs CO, Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – Several students were transported to area hospitals and Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle was evacuated shortly before noon today after the students became ill as a result of an unknown odor.

The odor was noticed in a classroom around 11:30 a.m., and over the course of the morning several students began to feel ill, Garfield School District Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton said.

“The Rifle Fire Protection District was contacted, and the building was evacuated,” Hamilton said. “As part of the initial investigation, Rifle Fire has ruled out obvious causes including natural gas, carbon monxide and food poisoning.

“As a precautionary measure, all students and staff were evacuated and students were relocated to another location while Rifle Fire Dept. continued their investigation,” she added. “It appears that this incident was isolated to one classroom.”

Approximately eight students were being transported by ambulance to area hospitals, Hamilton said.

Other students from the school, which has about 365 students, were taken to nearby Wamsley Elementary School for the remainder of the school day.

“If children are parent pick-ups, they can pick them up at Wamsley,” Hamilton said. “Any bus transports will be picked up at Wamsley after school and transported as usual from there.”

Graham Mesa is a relatively new school building, having open just three years ago, she said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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